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Roadblocks on the way to LEED


Certification programs like LEED for Homes can be wonderful things, but they’re sure not easy! (Not that we’re saying they should be!) It’s easy for builders to fail certain elements of it — there’s a lot to remember.

EcoHome has a wonderfully informative article that runs us through the potential pitfalls. Let’s take a look, shall we? We recommend checking out the article for the full look.

  • It is important to watch your calculations. Check and then re-check again. Don’t just use the default calcs. As the old saying says, “Measure twice, cut once.”
  • Don’t forget the air! Air flow and air filters both play a big part in certification.
  • You’ve got to make sure duct leakage is at 6 percent or less for LEED for Homes, so make sure to watch this portion of the building process carefully.
  • The simplest thing might be the best thing you can do to achieve LEED certification: communicate. Don’t assume that the left hand knows what the right is doing. The more you communicate with your team, and carefully document everyone’s efforts, the less chance there will be of something slipping through the cracks.
Tell us your experiences with LEED? Did you find it easy or difficult to achieve certification?